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Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 (PSYC10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codePSYC10004
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2 focuses on the development of the individual and their interaction with their environment and considers what the consequences are, both when this interaction proceeds smoothly and when it does not proceed smoothly.

The subject comprises five core topic areas: Human Development; Social Psychology; Personality Psychology; Clinical Psychology; and Quantitative Psychological Research Methods. In presenting these topics, the subject aims to provide students with knowledge of major theories, historical trends and empirical findings.

An understanding of some basic issues in human development is complemented with an examination of the nature and development of personality and human interaction in social groups and cultural settings.

Moreover, the subject provides opportunity for students to develop and apply a range of fundamental skills in areas of critical thinking, psychological research methods, and communication of psychological knowledge.

A common research-centred framework is adopted and the statistical tools that support this framework are introduced and developed as an integral part of the course.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate a broad understanding of:

  • Human Development, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Quantitative Methods and varied approaches that comprise the field of psychology;
  • Some key psychological concepts and theories from Human Development, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Quantitative Methods;
  • Cultural diversity and its impact on research methodology in psychology, including an emphasis on the specific ethical requirements for working with Indigenous populations;
  • Clinical and social perspectives of psychological health and wellbeing, including correlates of wellbeing and risk factors for diminished wellbeing.


On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:

  • The use and evaluation of scientific methodology and enquiry, including research design and data analysis;
  • The critical evaluation of psychological literature;
  • Report writing as it applies to the study of psychology;
  • Critically engaging with competing and complementary perspectives of wellbeing.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop the ability to combine critical evaluation of psychological literature, with research design and data analysis skills to communicate the outcomes of a psychological investigation;
  • Understand the importance of individual differences within and between different cultural groups in designing appropriate psychological research.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking analytical skills to new issues;
  • Apply a hypothesis testing approach to new questions, including formulation of a research question, collection of relevant observations, analysis and interpretation of data using basic descriptive statistics to arrive at a conclusion;
  • Communicate the findings of empirical studies.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

512-121 Introductory Social, Developmental and Clinical Psychology 1, 512-128 Mind, Brain & Behaviour 2 & 880002 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • One three-hour examination (end of semester examination period) (55% of total mark)
  • A laboratory report in two related parts of not more than 2000 words in total (Part 1 before Week 6; Part 2 before Week 10) (40% of total mark)
  • Participation in up to five hours of research activities as detailed at https://psychologicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/research/research-experience-program with 1% awarded for each hour of participation (by the end of week 12) (up to 5% of total mark)

Hurdle requirements

  • Each piece of assessment must be submitted
  • Attendance of at least 80% of laboratory classes

In case of failure to meet the attendance requirement, additional work related to the missed class activities (e.g., short 500 word essay on missed topic) will be required before a passing grade can be awarded.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 one hour lectures (three times a week), and 24 hours (12 x 2 hours) of practical classes and tutorials. 5 hours of research participation.
    Total time commitment172 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr Christopher J. Groot


Time commitment details

172 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Haslam, N., Smillie, L., & Song, J. (2017). Introduction to Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence, 2nd ed. London: Sage.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Eysenck, M.W. (2009) Fundamentals of Psychology. Hove, Sussex, UK: Psychology Press/Palgrave Macmillan.

    Smyth, T.R. (2004) The Principles of Writing in Psychology Basingstoke, Hampshie, UK: Palgrave MacmillanRanzijn, R. McConnochie, K. & Nolan W. (2009) Psychology and indigenous Australians: Foundations of cultural competence. Palgrave MacmillanGravetter,

    F.J. & Wallnau L.B. (2009) Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences (7th ed.). Belmont CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning Gravetter,

    F.J. & Forzano, L-A. B. (2010) Research Methods for the Behavioural Sciences (custom publication of the complete book) Belmont CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 18 July 2019